The Pakistan government plans to seek permission from the anti-terror court — conducting the trial of the seven suspects in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case — here to set up a commission to record statements of key witnesses and officials involved in the trial in India.

This was disclosed by Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday night.

“We will request the court to set up a commission that can go to India to record the statements of witnesses, the police officers and the magistrate who recorded the statement of Ajmal Kasab [the lone terrorist in the attack to be nabbed alive],” he said.

This is being considered as Kasab's confessional statement is not admissible in Pakistan courts and the prosecution's case hinges on his statement.

India has rejected Pakistan's request to send Kasab here to testify in the anti-terror court. By setting up such a commission, the federal government is trying to invoke the provisions of Chapter XL of Pakistan's Code of Criminal Procedure.

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